Representatives of the locations featured in fDi magazine’s European Cities & Regions of the Future 2008/09 rankings celebrated at a cocktail reception at the Majestic Barriere Hotel in Cannes during the Mipim global real estate event in mid-March.
Investment promotion officials from cities and regions across Europe were on hand to accept awards on behalf of their jurisdictions, presented by fDi editor Courtney Fingar. The rankings were published in the April/May 2008 issue of fDi and are still available in full on the magazine’s website (www.fdimagazine.com).
London and Scotland were the big winners of the night, with London taking top honours among the cities and Scotland the highest-ranked region. The Scottish capital Edinburgh came first among the small cities as well.
Andrew Cooke, CEO of Think London
David Smith, Scottish Development International
Kenneth Wardrop, City of Edinburgh Council
Colin Sinclair, MIDAS (Manchester’s investment agency)
Philippe Suinen, Wallonia Export and Promotion Agency
Berlin representatives Reiner Nagel, René Gurka, Lutz Grimm and Manuela Damianakis
Ir Koen Allaert, Flanders Investment & Trade
Roy Edwards, Cardiff Council
Vincent Gollain, Paris Region Economic Development Agency
Virginie Carniel, Canton of Neuchatel with Bengt Rinde, Stockholm Business Regions
Chris Ward, Ellen Scrimgeour, Jennifer Pooran and Gary Ince of North London Business